Hearing aids and our equipment

Hearing Aids

NHS hearing aids are usually behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids that either pass sound into your ear through an ear mould that sits inside your ear, or they provide a small open ear fitting.

Your hearing aids will amplify sounds that you find difficult to hear, which should help make conversation and everyday sounds clearer and louder for you.

Although the hearing aids can’t cut out all background noise, they will reduce background noise and make listening easier and more comfortable.

Our Room Loop Systems:

Hearing Loop Setting

Most hearing aids will have a hearing loop setting, or T setting or Telecoil (If this is not present on your hearing aid you can contact your audiologist to activate this for you).

When you switch your hearing aids to the hearing loop setting, you will be able to pick up sound from various types of equipment specifically designed to be used with the hearing loop setting:

Room Loop Systems – Room or Induction loop systems help people who are hard of hearing pick up sounds more clearly, by reducing background noise and focusing on the sounds being fed into the loop. Such as a person speaking from a microphone; or sound directly from a television.

An internal hearing aid microphone will normally amplify all noises in the area, therefore making it difficult to hear conversation or television. However using a loop system allows hearing aid users to hear clearly in a noisy environment. It allows you to listen to a speaker from a distance over people who are gathered in an audience, and delivers amplified sound directly to your hearing aid, reducing any background interference that an internal hearing aid microphone would normally pick up.

Our Infra Red Products:

Infra-Red System – An infrared system with neckloop has a similar function to a room loop but uses different technology.

The sound from the Television is transmitted into a room, or the sound from somebody’s voice, fed by the microphone is transmitted into the room. The infra-red signal is picked up by a receiver that is worn by the listener. Hearing aid users switch their hearing aids to the hearing loop setting and using the neckloop with the receiver the signal is transferred to their hearing aids (non-hearing aid users can use the headset provided).

Our Radio Products:

Radio System – Again a Radio System with neckloop has a similar function to an infrared but with Radio technology. The sound from the TV or conversation from a microphone is transmitted up to 30m using radio signals. The signals are picked up by the individual handheld receiver worn by the listener and the signal is transferred to their hearing aids (non- hearing aid users can use the headset).

Our Personal Listeners:

Personal Listeners – If you have trouble hearing one to one conversation a personal listener will help you pick up sound from a microphone that is connected to an amplifier providing a superb sound quality and amplification direct to your hearing aid. This is ideal for out and about, in meetings or one to one conversation, reducing background noise and focusing on direct conversation.

These products both have inbuilt telecoils allowing the systems to pick up a loop system in a public place using a headset.

Pacemakers and ICDs
  • Persons with pacemakers or other medical devices should always consult their GP/ physician or cardiologist before using the device. NeckLoops should not be worn by persons with pacemakers or ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillator). Please contact your GP or cardiologist for further information.
Out and About

When you next visit a library, hotel or bank or go to church or your local supermarket – if you see this sign:

A counter loop is installed and available to use with your hearing aid on the hearing loop setting, simply switch your hearing setting to benefit from louder, clearer sound.

These systems enable you to hear someone behind a glass screen i.e. in the bank; or enjoy listening to a musical at a theatre or film at a cinema, reducing unwanted background noise in a busy environment whilst being efficient and always remaining discreet.